August 28th, 2014
Kyle Ryan began the year trying to show Tigers player development folks he could make the jump from the pitcher-friendly Class A Florida State League to the Eastern League. He got his chance at Triple-A Toledo less than four weeks ago after injuries and trades sapped some organizational depth.
Now, he’s going to get his shot in the big leagues. After some very good starts for the Mud Hens, Ryan is going to get the call to make the spot start Saturday against the White Sox in Chicago.
The Tigers announced the move Thursday. In so doing, Brad Ausmus said he knows little about him besides the numbers and the glowing recommendation of Tigers personnel.
“He’s left-handed,” manager Brad Ausmus said in summary of his knowledge on him. “I haven’t heard too much about him at this point. I do know he’s been throwing the ball well as of late.”
Kyle Ryan went from a 12-game winner at Class A Lakeland last year to mercurial starter at Double-A Erie this spring. Then he found a hot stretch at Triple-A Toledo after being promoted a month ago. He’s 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts at Toledo so far, allowing six earned runs on 21 hits over 33 innings with five walks and 20 strikeouts.
Those outings include 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball in his Triple-A debut on Aug. 2, seven scoreless innings against Lehigh Valley six days later, eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings against Indianapolis Aug. 14, seven innings of one-run ball against Columbus Aug. 20, and six innings of one-hit ball three days ago against Louisville.
Ryan got the call over Buck Farmer, who made two spot starts for the Tigers this month but was knocked out in the second inning of his start in last Saturday’s doubleheader at Minnesota.
Ryan was already on turn for a Saturday start for Toledo. Instead, he’ll match up against whoever the White Sox call up for their spot starter. As of now, the matchup is supposed to be the nightcap, with Chris Sale and Max Scherzer dueling in the day game.
The Tigers will have to make room on the 40-man roster for Ryan. And unless they put Sanchez on the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his season, they’ll have to designate somebody for assignment to make room.
Ryan will be the 12th Tigers pitcher to make his Major League debut this season. He will also be the 11th different pitcher to start a game for Detroit this year, compared with just six last year and 10 in each of the two seasons before that. They used 11 starters in 2010, including spot starts for Phil Coke, Eddie Bonine and Alfredo Figaro.
Kyle Lobstein’s first Major League start coincides with Derek Jeter’s (likely) last game at Comerica Park. If Jeter sends another line drive into right field, Lobstein will be the 930th different pitcher to give up a hit to the future Hall of Famer.
TIGERS (career numbers vs. Hiroki Kuroda)
- Rajai Davis, CF (6-for-19, double, HR, K)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-17, HR, 2 walks, K)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (6-for-15, double, 2 HR, 2 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-5, K)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (1-for-6, K)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
- Don Kelly, LF (1-for-3)
- Alex Avila, C (2-for-9, HR, 2 K’s)
- Andrew Romine, SS (1-for-3, HR, K)
P: Kyle Lobstein
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Derek Jeter, SS
- Martin Prado, 2B
- Mark Teixeira, 1B
- Carlos Beltran, DH
- Brian McCann, C
- Chase Headley, 3B
- Brett Gardner, LF
- Zelous Wheeler, RF
P: Hiroki Kuroda